Edwin Diaz is still the Mets' closer, for now.
Mets manager Mickey Callaway continued to commit to the struggling reliever a day after he was unable to hold onto a tie game in the ninth inning, allowing four runs for his sixth loss of the season.
"Yes, he is. Going into today he is [our closer]," Callaway said after a long pause.
Diaz, who saved a league-high 57 games last season, has been wildly disappointing in his first season with the Mets. He has four blown saves and a 5.67 ERA.
Callaway cited location as the primary root of the problem, which is caused by a little bit of both mechanics and confidence.
"He's throwing everything over the heart of the plate," Callaway said. "I don't care how hard you throw it ... you're gonna get beat up. The mechanics of it and some of the confidence of it is not allowing him to get the ball where he wants. It's all about the location."
Even if the Mets were to replace Diaz as their closer, the options they have in the rest of the bullpen are not much better, and Callaway pointed that out before committing to Diaz for Saturday's game.
"You always consider [different options] ... but how do we get to the ninth? Whose pitching well enough to take that person's place?" Callaway said. "That's not just for the closer, but any position...who can better fill that position? We'll always ask ourselves those questions when guys are struggling and try to make the necessary moves. Won't count it out but we need the right guys to fill in to be confident it will be better."
One intriguing option the Mets could go, if they were to lose complete confidence in Diaz, would be using Steven Matz as the closer. Callaway sounded open to that idea, but again, pointed out that getting to the ninth inning is also a concern if they were to replace Diaz.
"Yeah, [Matz] would be an option based on who's coming up," he said. "But the biggest concern I have, if Diaz isn't closing and we put somebody else in that role, how are we going to get there? That's the thing I'm worried most about."